The Best Color Combinations in Women's Apparel

Color is an important part of your wardrobe.
Color is an important part of your wardrobe. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Great fashion requires more than choosing clothing that fits and looks stylish. Creating color combinations that pair well together and flatter your hair color and skin tone is necessary to look your best. Risky pairings such as pink and red or green and red can be fashion failures. Your best bet is to stick to color combinations that are tried and true.

Classic Neutrals

Classic color combinations look stylish on everyone, no matter the season. Neutral colors worn together create looks that are timeless and flattering, while providing plenty of flexibility in your wardrobe. Neutral colors include black, navy, white, brown, gray and khaki, according to Clinton Kelly, celebrity fashion stylist and star of the TLC Channel’s “What Not to Wear.” The best classic color combinations include black and white, black and gray, navy and white, and navy and gray.


Some color combinations come and go with the fashion season. Popular color combinations from the past include: neon colors paired with black; teal and brown; pink and brown; jewel tones like sapphire blue and kelly green paired with black; and sunny yellow paired with black. Usually, the hot color of the season worn with a neutral color is a stylish choice. If you are concerned about investing a lot of money in a color that might not be in style in a few months, choose accessories in the hot color of the moment and wear it with classic, neutral pieces.


Dressing for a professional venue is different than dressing for leisure time or celebrations. The color of your professional clothing matters as much as the style or fit. Loud color combinations are not appropriate for a professional environment. Though dress codes vary from office to office, there are general rules that will keep you looking your best. Neutral colors are always appropriate for the office. If you want to add a bright, fun color, add a red or yellow scarf to a gray or navy suit. Shoes are another option for keeping color professional for business attire. Cobalt blue or lime green pumps complement tailored charcoal or white pants nicely.


Regardless of trends, some colors are just suited for seasonal wear. Color combinations for autumn include orange and brown or hunter green and brown. These combinations are reminiscent of the colors in nature. People usually wear dark colors such as black and navy during the winter months, but red and winter white also looks stylish when the weather is cold. Spring is the right time to lighten your wardrobe with pastel combinations such as pink, light blue and lavender. During the hot summer months, brightly colored combinations like cherry red and sunshine yellow are cheerful and fun. Classic combinations such as red, white and blue are also suitable for summer.

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